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Representative Thomas Martin [Republican]
Greene ~ District 57

Towns in District: Greene and Sabattus

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

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✉ 25 Lake Shore Drive
Greene, Maine 04236


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OrganizationScoreSource
Maine People's Alliance (MPA), 20191 of 10Maine People's Alliance, 2019
Maine Conservation Voters (MCV), 20191 of 7, 1 unexcused absenceMaine Conservation Voters, 2019
Maine AFL-CIO, 20191 of 10, 1 unexcused absenceAFL-CIO, 2019
Maine Women's Lobby, 20191 of 7Maine Women's Lobby, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20192 of 6Planned Parenthood ME Action Fund, 2019
Firearms Control, 20191 of 7This website, see below for roll calls included.

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For 2019 scorecards, D (blue) is for the Democratic Party, Ind (black) is for Independent, and R (red) is for the Republican Party. Representative Thomas Martin did not serve in the 128th session; no scorecards are available prior to 2019.

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Roll Call Bill Motion MPA vote Representative's vote
16 LD 179 An Act to Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
250 LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require that Signatures on a Direct Initiative Come from Each Congressional District Final Passage as a Constitutional Amendment (requires 2/3 of membership) Nay Yea
272 LD 308 An Act to Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Reconsider passage after Governor's veto Yea Nay
75 LD 369 An Act to Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Nay
278 LD 420 An Act to Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-610 Yea Nay
70 LD 820 An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Nay
237 LD 949 An Act to Prevent Overdose Deaths Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
306 LD 1177 An Act to Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Nay
182 LD 1282 An Act to Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Nay
307 LD 1317 An Act to Restore Services to Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Nay
Total for Representative Thomas Martin: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 10 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion MCV vote Representative's vote
37 LD 289 An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Absent
293 LD 1494 An Act to Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Nay
157 LD 1532 An Act to Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-392 Yea Nay
209 LD 1679 An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council Enact as an Emergency measure (2/3 of members required) Yea Nay
282 LD 1711 An Act to Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-295 Yea Nay
208 LD 1775 An Act to Protect Sustenance Fishing Enact Yea Yea
329 LD 1851 An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation Enact as a bond issue (requires 2/3 present) Yea Nay
Total for Representative Thomas Martin: Present for 6 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 17 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion AFL-CIO vote Representative's vote
227 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Absent
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as amended by Commitee amendment S-79 Yea Nay
306 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Nay
111 LD 1232 An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Nay
182 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Nay
120 LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Nay
206 LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Enact LD 1524 as amended by Commitee amendment S-203 Yea Nay
195 LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations Enact LD 1560 as amended by Committee amendment S-192 as an emergency measure Yea Yea
156 LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-158 Yea Nay
190 LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-200 Yea Nay
Total for Representative Thomas Martin: Present for 9 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 11 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Nay
28 LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-28 Yea Nay
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Nay
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Nay
80 LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-213 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Nay
307 LD 1317 An Act To Restore Services To Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Nay
Total for Representative Thomas Martin: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 14 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Nay
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Enact LD 78 as amended by Committee amendment H-132 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
153 LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-151 Yea Nay
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 and amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Nay
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Nay
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Enact LD 1580 as amended by Committee amendment H-631 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
Total for Representative Thomas Martin: Present for 4 votes, agreed on 0 votes, 0 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
204 LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
211 LD 533 An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Nay
252 LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
253 LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-274 Yea Nay
296 LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-285 Yea Nay
235 LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
315 LD 1811 An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-357 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Thomas Martin: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 14 percent agreement
LD 924 An Act To Remove the Background Check Requirement for Maine Guides Who Are at Least 70 Years of Age and Hold a Lifetime Hunting or Fishing License Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 924
This bill exempts a registered Maine guide who holds a senior lifetime hunting, fishing, trapping or archery license from the requirement to undergo a background check when renewing the guide license if the guide has undergone a background check when the guide was 68 years of age or older.

LD 945 Resolve, To Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-557 and Senate amendment S-353, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 945
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a blue ribbon commission to study and recommend additional funding options to adequately fund the State's transportation infrastructure maintenance program.

Amendment H-557
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that establishes the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems. The commission has 15 members. It is required to report on its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 3, 2020.

Amendment S-353
This amendment changes the report date in order to conform with Joint Rule 353.

LD 945 Chaptered Law
LD 945 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1134 An Act To Set Aside Funds from Federal Block Grants for Certain Communities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1134
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to annually set aside 20% of each federal block grant it receives for the most vulnerable communities in the State and 10% of each federal block grant it receives for federally recognized Indian nations, tribes and bands in the State.

LD 1678 An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Corrections To Designate Additional Employees of the Department of Corrections To Collect Biological Samples Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-547, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1678
Current law allows for the collection of biological samples that are not blood samples, such as saliva samples, from convicted adults and adjudicated juveniles by various staff of the Department of Corrections, including corrections officers and probation officers and also including other staff if they work at a department facility and are designated by the Commissioner of Corrections and are trained to collect the samples. This bill allows for collection by any staff member of the Department of Corrections who is designated by the commissioner and is trained to collect biological samples, not just a staff member of a facility.

Amendment H-547
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1678 Chaptered Law
LD 1678 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 667 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That the Governor Be Elected by a Majority Vote Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 667
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a candidate for Governor receive more than 50% of the votes cast to be elected. Currently, the candidate who receives the largest number of votes, regardless of that number's percentage of the total number of votes cast, becomes Governor. This resolution requires a run-off election between the 2 persons who received the largest number of votes when no candidate received more than 50% of the total number of votes cast. The person who receives the larger number of votes in the run-off election is declared Governor.

LD 760 An Act To Prohibit the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from Considering the Criminal Records of Applicants Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 760
This bill prohibits the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from inquiring about or considering the criminal record of an applicant for admission to any postsecondary educational program.

LD 766 An Act Regarding the Penobscot Nation's and Passamaquoddy Tribe's Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-648 and House amendment H-655, June 20, 2019, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, Recalled from the Governor's desk January 8, 2020 via Joint Order HP 1421, Committed to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-763, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 766
This bill amends the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by:
  • 1. Transferring jurisdiction over violations of a tribal ordinance from the State to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation over a person who is not a member of either tribe or nation in accord with and to the extent authorized by federal law;
  • 2. Increasing the level of certain criminal offenses from a maximum period of imprisonment of one year and a maximum amount of $5,000 to a maximum period of imprisonment of 3 years and a maximum amount of $15,000 over which the Penobscot Nation has the right to exercise exclusive jurisdiction as authorized by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010; and
  • 3. Clarifying that the Penobscot Nation has concurrent jurisdiction with the State over criminal offenses as authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.


Amendment H-763
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It replaces the bill but carries out the bill's intent of extending tribal court jurisdiction, originally authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, to any person who commits certain Class D domestic violence offenses against a member of a federally recognized tribe, nation, band or other group on the lands of the Passamaquoddy Tribe or the Penobscot Nation. This concurrent jurisdiction includes offenses committed by a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group on tribal lands against a person who is not a member of any federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group.

Parts A and C apply to the Penobscot Nation. Parts B and D apply to the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

This amendment provides authority for the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to extend the jurisdiction of their respective tribal courts over certain criminal offenses committed by a person, regardless of whether the person is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe. The criminal offenses are domestic violence offenses in the Maine Criminal Code and criminal violation of a protection from abuse order, but do not include offenses between nontribal members. The criminal offenses are Class D crimes, and the tribe's and nation's jurisdictions are concurrent with the State's jurisdiction for the crimes. The amendment references the tribal courts' guarantees of all other rights whose protection is necessary under the United States Constitution in order for the State to authorize concurrent jurisdiction to ensure that this enactment, if ratified by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, or both, is not later determined or deemed to be unconstitutional based on subsequent judicial decisions. This extended jurisdiction applies to the domestic violence crimes committed on the respective reservations and lands taken into trust by the Secretary of the Interior for the benefit of the Passamaquoddy Tribe or the Penobscot Nation, now or in the future. This extended jurisdiction covers lands held in trust on or before the effective date of this Act, as well as lands taken into trust after the effective date of this Act.

This amendment also extends the exclusive jurisdiction of the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court to criminal offenses committed on the Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation between members of any federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group.

The tribal courts, law enforcement agencies and law enforcement officers are required to participate in uniform crime reporting by reporting certain information to the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification, and the bureau is required to share its annual reports with tribal law enforcement agencies.

Other changes include revisions to the definition of "another jurisdiction" in the Maine Criminal Code to include criminal convictions by courts of federally recognized Indian tribes. This change is consistent with federal law and the recognition of orders of protection from abuse from the courts of federally recognized Indian tribes by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4011.

The changes to the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement included in this amendment do not take effect unless the tribes affected approve of the changes and certify their approval.

LD 766 Chaptered Law
LD 766 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 767 An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 5, 2019
LD 767
This bill requires the sheriff of a county jail to provide for in-person visitation between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff. The bill authorizes a sheriff to restrict a particular prisoner to video-only visitation upon a determination that allowing in-person visitation for that prisoner may jeopardize the safety and security of the jail. The bill also requires the sheriff to provide opportunities for in-person visitation involving physical contact between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff.

LD 767 Chaptered Law
LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 768 Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 768
This resolve establishes the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations.

LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 923 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Municipal Culverts at Stream Crossings Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 923
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used for a competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings in order to enhance and restore rivers, streams and fish and wildlife habitats and to allow communities to better prepare for extreme storms and floods.

LD 963 An Act To Exempt Overtime Pay from Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 963
This bill excludes from income tax overtime compensation if the employer is required by law to pay the overtime compensation to the employee.

Amendment H-259
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund costs of activities necessary to administer the tax change provided in the bill.

LD 963 Amendment H-259 fiscal note
LD 1034 An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Transportation Infrastructure Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 3, 2020
LD 1034
This bill does the following for the purpose of increasing revenue to the Highway Fund and for other transportation purposes.
  • 1. It increases certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for driver's license examinations, temporary license plates, nondriver identification cards, duplicate registrations, titles, driver's licenses, nondriver identification cards and transfers of registrations.
  • 2. It increases the sales tax on the short-term rental of automobiles and certain pickup trucks and vans from 10% to 12%.
  • 3. It requires 5% of the sales tax imposed on transportation-related items, such as motor vehicles and products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, such as motor oil, batteries and tires, to be transferred to the Highway Fund on a monthly basis.
  • 4. Beginning October 1, 2019, it increases the tax imposed on gasoline to 36.5¢ per gallon and the tax imposed on special fuel to 37.7¢ per gallon.


LD 1136 An Act To Provide Snow Sports Safety Information to Consumers Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1136
This bill requires a ski area operator to annually create a safety plan for the ski area and make that plan accessible to the public. It also requires ski area operators to report on skiing accidents from the previous year and make those reports accessible to the public.

LD 1142 Resolve, To Expand Transportation Services for Seniors Who Are MaineCare Members (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held February 11, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1142
This emergency resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an amendment request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the 1915(c) waiver that provides services to the elderly under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 19 to allow for coverage of transportation services required to access services specified in the individual's service plan that are nonmedical in nature. The waiver request must be submitted no later than October 1, 2019. Upon approval, the department shall amend its rules to cover the new service. The department shall submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the waiver request and rulemaking. The resolve also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to develop a plan to provide nonmedical transportation services to travel to destinations to meet basic needs to persons who are 61 years of age or older with no other means of transportation and who are MaineCare members or receive state-funded services under the department's rule Chapter 5: Office of Elder Services Policy Manual, Section 63. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020.

LD 1292 An Act To Lower Maine's Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 3, 2019
LD 1292
This bill decreases over 3 years the rate of taxation imposed on individual income by:

  • 1. Decreasing the lowest rate from 5.8% to 5.2% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 5% beginning in 2022;
  • 2. Decreasing the middle rate from 6.75% to 6.3% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 6% beginning in 2022; and
  • 3. Decreasing the highest rate from 7.15% to 7.05% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 7% beginning in 2022.

This bill also changes cross-references in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and inflation adjustment statutes.

LD 1302 An Act To Remove Vacancy Provisions for Certain Positions in County Government Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019
LD 1302
Current law provides that vacancies in county offices that had originally been filled by nomination by primary election before the general election must be filled by the Governor with a successor from the same political party. This bill repeals those provisions.

LD 1314 An Act To Extend Protections for Genetic Information Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-271, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1314
Under current law, when considering the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity, an insurer may consider an applicant's genetic information or the results of an applicant's genetic test as long as the consideration of genetic information or test results does not constitute "unfair discrimination." This bill strikes language that authorizes the consideration of genetic information or test results and instead prohibits an insurer from discriminating against an individual on the basis of genetic information or the results of a genetic test in the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

Amendment H-271
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that an insurer obtain the informed written consent of an individual before requesting, requiring, purchasing or using any information from an entity providing direct-to-consumer genetic testing in connection with the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

LD 1314 Chaptered Law
LD 1314 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1367 An Act To Preserve and Protect the State's Rail Corridors Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1367
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to preserve and protect the rail corridors of the State for future railroad use and maintain all rail corridors in a condition that allows for their resuming railroad service.

The bill prohibits a rail corridor from being converted into or operated as a trail, used as a pathway or space for walking or biking, used for any other form of nonmotorized travel or recreation or used as a bus line without first being evaluated for passenger railroad service.

LD 1447 An Act To Simplify Voting in Maine by Placing a Moratorium on Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1447
This bill suspends the use of ranked-choice voting until elections held after December 1, 2023. The bill provides that the laws governing ranked-choice voting are repealed December 1, 2023 unless the Constitution of Maine is amended to authorize the Legislature to determine the method by which the Governor and members of the Legislature are elected.

LD 1555 An Act To Improve Highway Maintenance Safety Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1555
This bill amends current law to allow vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or in emergency rescue operations by emergency management and public safety agencies and public service vehicles to be equipped with auxiliary lights that emit a combination of amber and white lights or any shade between amber and white. It also allows the use of green lighting for any highway maintenance vehicle that is operating under the direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority.

This bill also amends current law to allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to remove a vehicle from the Maine Turnpike if it is improperly parked, abandoned or interfering with snow removal in the same manner that the Department of Transportation may remove such a vehicle on a road under its jurisdiction. It also clarifies that a 3rd-party agent such as an independent contractor working for the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority is entitled to the same immunity from liability for these removals as employees of the department or authority.

Amendment S-206
This amendment clarifies that a municipal public works vehicle or vehicle operating under direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority may be equipped with green, white or amber auxiliary lights, which may be located on the front, rear or sides of the vehicle and may flash, oscillate, strobe or blink.

This amendment also makes minor technical changes to section 2 of the bill.

LD 1555 Chaptered Law
LD 1555 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1604 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1604
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000 in both 2019 and 2020, will be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, matching an estimated $137,000,000 per year in federal and other funds.

LD 1653 Resolve, Establishing the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1653
This resolve establishes the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature to develop meaningful conversations among the members of the conference on communication and policy differences that led to the breakdown between the Legislature and the tribal representatives to the Legislature and how better to communicate and improve the relationship between the Legislature and Maine Indian tribes. Ex officio members of the conference are the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Minority Leader and the House Minority Leader, who are directed to invite as members of the conference the Chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point.

LD 1677 An Act To Allow Reentry Houses as Part of Supervised Community Confinement Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-562, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1677
This bill allows the Department of Corrections to contract with private employers for reentry houses for the purpose of providing housing and other assistance to prisoners transferred to supervised community confinement.

Amendment H-562
This amendment requires a reentry house to meet all state and local building and life safety codes for the type of building in which the reentry house is located.

LD 1677 Chaptered Law
LD 1677 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1782 An Act To Amend the Motorcycle Rider Education and Driver Education Laws Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-510, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1782
This bill amends the motorcycle rider education laws to clarify that a person who completes a motorcycle rider education course approved by the Secretary of State on a 2-wheel motorcycle may operate a 2-wheel or 3-wheel motorcycle and that a person who completes a motorcycle rider education course approved by the Secretary of State on a 3-wheel motorcycle may only operate a 3-wheel motorcycle. A person who holds a motorcycle learner's permit and who completes a motorcycle road test administered by the Secretary of State on a 3-wheel motorcycle is also restricted to the operation of a 3-wheel motorcycle. The bill requires motorcycle rider education schools to be licensed, submit to inspections and establish a place of business.

The bill also amends the driver education program laws to require that the 2 instructors who serve on the Secretary of State's Technical Review Panel be licensed in the curriculum and training being reviewed. The bill removes the authorization for the State to bring an action in Superior Court to enjoin a person from violating the driver education laws, as the penalties under those laws are administered by the District Courts.

Amendment H-510
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the motorcycle rider education course provisions.
  • 2. It clarifies that a motorcycle rider education school must continually comply with the requirements to obtain or renew a motorcycle rider education school license.
  • 3. It clarifies which records must be retained by a motorcycle rider education school for 5 years.
  • 4. It clarifies the penalty provisions contained in the bill and makes failure to comply with motorcycle rider education instructor standards and requirements a traffic infraction.


LD 1782 Chaptered Law
LD 1782 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1783 An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-588, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1783
This bill is the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles' omnibus bill. The bureau is recommending several changes to the motor vehicle laws to facilitate program administration and to bring administrative fees more in line with actual costs.

It amends the enforcement provision governing dealers, transporters and automobile graveyards to change investigators to motor vehicle detectives to match the current job title.

It replaces the requirement that an applicant for an original motor vehicle registration submit a dealer's certificate with the requirement that the applicant submit a properly completed bill of sale. It replaces the requirement that a municipal official retain from the use taxes collected a fee of $1.25 for each vehicle with a requirement that the Secretary of State be reimbursed by the State Tax Assessor $1.25 per use tax certificate processed. It requires registration certificates to be forwarded to the Secretary of State as well as the State Tax Assessor.

It amends the law allowing the Secretary of State to refuse to issue or to recall a vanity plate having language that encourages violence or may result in an act of violence or other unlawful activity to remove express language stating that it is the Secretary of State who makes the finding regarding the language.

It repeals the requirement that the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife submit a new sportsman registration plate design every 6 years.

It repeals the trailer transit plate provision from the law regarding temporary registration plates and enacts the language of the provision in the law regarding special dealer licenses and plates. It makes a violation of that provision a traffic infraction and specifies a trailer transit plate expires annually at the end of March.

It removes the 10-year authorization period for recognition license plates.

It reduces the minimum number of registrations required for eligibility for the 25-year permanent registration program for semitrailers from 30,000 to 20,000.

It repeals the moratorium on commemorative veteran decals, which ran from October 1, 2009 to October 1, 2014.

It clarifies that International Registration Plan credentials may be presented in electronic format.

It changes the retention period for information pertaining to a scrapped vehicle from one year to 5 years to bring it into compliance with the record requirements for salvage vehicle recyclers. It adds an accuracy requirement to allow for a penalty for recyclers who incorrectly record information for scrapped vehicles of model years 1995 to 1999 and makes a violation a traffic infraction.

It amends the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 667, regarding salvage vehicles, to change the reporting requirements due date in the provisions regarding surrender and cancellation of a certificate of title or certificate of salvage from "immediately" to within 30 days. It adds scrap processors to the list of persons to whom an owner must have transferred a vehicle for which a certificate of salvage has not been issued in order for that vehicle to be deemed declared by the owner to be a salvage vehicle. It also allows a salvage dealer, recycler or scrap processor to retain possession of a certificate of salvage until the recycler scraps or dismantles the vehicle and requires that 30 days after the scrapping or dismantling of the vehicle the certificate of title or certificate of salvage must be delivered to the Secretary of State for cancellation. It repeals the current requirement regarding the surrender of the certificate of title or certificate of salvage.

It requires a salvage dealer, recycler or scrap processor to obtain the vehicle seller's name and address from a government-issued photograph identification document or credential. It requires a licensed mobile crusher to maintain an operator log for each of its locations, which must include the make, model, model year and vehicle identification number of each vehicle crushed and the date of the action.

It adds the requirement for recyclers to use the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System as required by federal law and regulation.

It provides for the issuance of a commercial learner's permit for one year.

It provides a motorcycle driver education instructor a hearing pursuant to Title 29-A, chapter 23, subchapter 2, article 3 when refused an instructor's license or the instructor's license is suspended or revoked.

It allows the Secretary of State to suspend, revoke or refuse to issue or renew a driver education school or instructor license or deny a driver education program certificate of completion for just cause or for noncompliance with statutory or regulatory requirements.

It provides that a driver's license or non-driver identification card of a person under 21 years of age must bear a distinctive layout or marking rather than a distinctive color code.

It eliminates the sticker designation for a deaf or hard-of-hearing person and replaces it with a distinctive marker or code on the person's driver's license or non-drive identification card.

It clarifies that when any change is made to a driver's license, non-drive identification card, registration certificate or learner's permit that requires that an updated credential be issued, it is considered a duplicate for processing purposes.

It includes vehicles of the Attorney General's office and the Secretary of State's office in the definition of "police vehicle" in the law governing emergency and auxiliary lights.

It removes the requirement that the Secretary of State report annually to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters on the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program.

Amendment H-588
This amendment removes the section of the bill dealing with the suspension and revocation of instructors' licenses. This amendment defines "life support transport vehicle," adds those vehicles to the list of authorized emergency vehicles, adds restrictions on their use of emergency lights and sirens and authorizes the Commissioner of Transportation to adopt rules concerning those vehicles. This amendment requires that a person issued temporary registration plates maintain a written record on a form prescribed by the Secretary of State and submit that form upon renewal of a dealer license.

LD 1783 Chaptered Law
LD 1783 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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